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Southwest Airlines Aircraft Lands at Wrong Airport

January 12, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The Boeing 737-700 aircraft which operated as Southwest Airlines flight 4013 and carried 124 passengers and five members of the flight crew from Midway Airport in Chicago landed safely at Taney County Airport in Missouri earlier this evening — which is also known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport — but the aircraft was supposed to land at Branson airport several miles away. Although the aircraft landed without incident, it reportedly stopped short just yards from the edge of a cliff just beyond the...

In Memoriam: UNITED863

January 9, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“I feel fortunate with only having a 2 hour departure delay on my recent SYD trip. SFO departures seem to get hit less as they have ‘spare’ 747s sitting over at the hangar, which is the only reason why my SFO-SYD flight didn’t cancel on 11/28. This route is just amazing to monitor with the frequency of delays/cancellations.” The comment quoted above was posted by FlyerTalk member UNITED863 — whose real name is Darren Booth — on December 8, 2013 at 1:28 in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time. Sadly, it was the last time he will ever post on FlyerTalk, as he passed away at the age of...

Points and Fixed Miles Earning Style Option of Hilton HHonors Discontinued as of Today

January 6, 2014 by Brian Cohen

My preferred earning style for many years in the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program — Points and Fixed Miles, which was one of three MyWay earning style options — has been discontinued as of today and is no longer available. The Points and Fixed Miles earning style option allowed you to...

Warning: Your SkyBonus Account Could Now Be Inactive

January 10, 2014 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members are discovering today that their Delta SkyBonus — an incentive program for small businesses which is completely separate from the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program — accounts have suddenly become inactive and all earned points had been forfeited. The most likely reason...

Winter Weather in United States Causes Travel Delays For FlyerTalk Members

January 8, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The latest round of winter weather is finally waning in much of the United States — but not without significantly impacting the travel plans of FlyerTalk members...and winter has only begun, as a new storm is set to impact the midwestern United States through tomorrow with light snow, ice, and mixed precipitation to cities such as St. Louis and Indianapolis, which already had suffered from being blanketed with 11 inches of snow and an official low temperature of -15° Fahrenheit earlier this week. The frozen precipitation and dangerously frigid temperatures had forced delays and cancellations of flights, as illustrated in the FlyerTalk discussions listed below...

Earn Up to 15,000 Bonus Starpoints: Starwood Says “Bring On The Nights”

January 5, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The one thing that stands out about this latest promotion — called SPG Bring On The Nights — is that none of the greater than 1,100 hotel or resort properties which participate in the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program will be excluded from this promotion. Additionally, you may book your reservation now for stays between now and April 30, 2014, as all eligible reservations booked prior to your registering for this promotion will count — but you must...

First Bird Flu Fatality in North America Confirmed: Should You Be Concerned?

January 10, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Health officials in Alberta have reportedly confirmed an isolated case of avian influenza which proved to be fatal to a resident of Alberta, who first showed signs of fever, malaise and headache — symptoms of the bird flu, also known as H5N1 — aboard an airplane which operated as Air Canada flight 030 from Beijing to Vancouver on Friday, December 27, 2013. The unidentified woman spent a few hours on a stopover in the airport in Vancouver before...

Earn Free Round-Trip Travel With Amtrak “Go Free” Promotion; Paperless Coupons; Refund Policy Changes

January 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You can earn round-trip travel for free on certain services offered by the Amtrak Guest Rewards frequent travel loyalty program during this winter, according to FlyerTalk member AGR Insider — also known as Anthony Rizos, who is the program manager of loyalty marketing at Amtrak in Washington, D.C. — and you must register for this promotion in order to participate. Here are the details where you must travel on the following number of qualifying round-trip travel between now and March 1, 2014 in order to earn free travel...

Is Uber “Surge Pricing” Unfairly Expensive?

January 4, 2014 by Brian Cohen

I was watching the local television news in Atlanta — something I do not usually do — when a report caught my eye about a person who felt that he was “taken for a ride” by Uber on New Year’s Eve when he was charged “upwards of $200.00” for a ride which normally costs approximately $60.00. Sure enough, a search on FlyerTalk revealed a discussion with a warning that...

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